General perception and understanding of Fedora
There was a news article today on Softpedia about GNOME 3.26 codename Manchester. Someone commented that the only desktop in sync. currently with GNOME release schedule is Ubuntu GNOME. They also raised the question is Fedora no longer relevant because it is now behind the GNOME release schedule?
I'd argue otherwise. There's nothing stopping people using F26 Alpha or F27 Rawhide. The fact Ubuntu GNOME is there first means nothing in the general scheme.
One age old question it did raise in my own mind is about the state of other applications.
For example, libreoffice is not kept 'fresh'. In a development operating system there is no logic for sticking with a particular release for 12 months. When a new build of LO comes out, it should be compiled and available for all currently supported Fedora releases. Instead, Fedora's libreoffice builds are static to 5.2.XX increments (becoming 'still') instead of being updated to 5.3.XX. By the time LO fresh is publicly available it's already been through full development testing of it's own and is very stable as a result.
There are other packages people come on here and ask about why the current version isn't available yet too.
It seems to me that Fedora release versions are currently a confusing mix of being frozen for certain packages like an LTS release and bleeding edge for others. What ever happened to Freedom, Friendship, Features, First?
Backporting of Fedora 25 kernels to Fedora 24? Why not Libreoffice or GIMP etc.? Why not the newest GNOME, MATE, KDE etc.? they don't have to be enforced by default but having them available for installation at user discretion would be a step in the right direction.
It would possibly require a different repository configuration to keep backports separate, koji and bodhi would need modifying and admittedly that's a lot of work to undertake. Once done though it shouldn't be that much different to maintain.
What are your thoughts about this topic? Would you want backports to F24 or F25? Should Fedora be a rolling release? I'd prefer a rolling release setup myself.